Ally: Pakistani PM orders review of ban on Oscar-entry film

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Pakistan's prime minister has ordered a review of the ban, days after the country's Oscar entry, the film "Joyland", said one of his advisers.

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The film, which follows a love story between a married man and a transgender woman, is Pakistan's entry for next year's Academy Awards and was an award winner at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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But the film has sparked controversy in Muslim-majority Pakistan and last week state censors banned its screening in cinemas, overturning all previous ones for release.

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A high-level committee is being set up to assess "Joyland" and review the ban, according to a tweet late Monday by Salman Sufi, advisor to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

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Transgender people are considered outcasts by many in Pakistan, despite some progress with a law that protects their rights and a landmark Supreme Court designation of them as a third gender,

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"The committee will assess the complaints as well as merit to decide on its release in Pakistan," Sufi tweeted. He could not be immediately contacted for further details.

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The film's director, Saeem Sadiq, called the ban "unconstitutional and illegal".

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'Joyland' was to release in Pakistan on Friday.

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This image released by All Caps/Khusat Films shows a scene from the movie "Joyland". A Pakistani official says the country's Oscar entry, "Joyland", has been banned from cinemas, although it was previously cleared for release.

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